The 10 Most Famous Celebrities With Insomnia

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

Insomnia can strike anyone at any time — and celebrities aren’t spared from nights of tossing and turning. Just like us, the rich and famous can struggle with sleep deprivation. Here are 10 of the most famous celebrities who struggle with their sleep.

Madonna poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Madonna

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna reported that she had been living with insomnia for decades. Some of her sleep problems may be self-inflicted, though — Madonna said she regularly stays in the recording studio until 2 a.m. but needs to get up at 7 a.m. for her children. She might find it helpful to allot an appropriate amount of time for sleep!

George Clooney attends American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018.
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George Clooney

Clooney revealed his sleep struggles a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Although he’s usually in bed by 10 p.m., Clooney reported that a racing mind keeps him awake at night. Unfortunately, Clooney’s solution is to sleep with the TV on — but this is one of the worst ways to deal with insomnia because falling asleep in front of the TV usually disrupts sleep.

Lady Gaga attends the 32nd American Cinematheque Award Presentation honoring Bradley Cooper at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2018 .
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Lady Gaga

The famous pop singer struggles with fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — conditions known to have a negative effect on sleep. In 2013, Gaga also revealed that she can’t sleep when making music because she gets so excited. In 2015, she told her Instagram followers that her thoughts can stop her from sleeping (she might find progressive muscle relaxation helpful).

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Rihanna

In the December 2017 issue of Vogue Paris, Rihanna claimed to get just three to four hours of sleep each night. However, it would appear that her sleep deprivation is largely self-inflicted, with the singer admitting to binge-watching TV after getting home late at night (which is known to interfere with sleep onset).

Jennifer Aniston arrives at the premiere of Netflix's 'Dumplin'' at the Chinese Theater on December 6, 2018.
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Jennifer Aniston

In an appearance on Dr. Oz in 2014, Aniston revealed that she struggles to shut down her mind at night. Unfortunately, she also reported using a sleep tracking app (I do not recommend sleep tracking devices for those with sleep problems). Fortunately, she appears to have developed better habits — in a 2016 interview with Arianna Huffington, Aniston reported that she now keeps away from her phone when in bed and practices relaxation techniques, such as yoga, to aid sleep.

Actress Christina Applegate attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016.
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Christina Applegate

In a 2017 interview with SELF, the actress reported that she has been living with insomnia for almost 20 years and claims to get as little as three hours of sleep each night. Fortunately, she has started to implement a number of sleep hygiene techniques to improve her sleep, including meditation and taking the time to unwind before bed.

Actress Kim Cattrall attends the New York premiere of CBS All Access' 'Tell Me A Story' at Metrograph on October 23, 2018.
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Kim Cattrall

In 2016, the “Sex and the City” star had to pull out of a play due to be staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre because of her insomnia. Fortunately, in a BBC interview Cattrall revealed that she sought help for her insomnia and ended up going through a course of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Techniques such as getting out of bed when unable to sleep and setting aside time to worry during the day are helping the actress improve her sleep.

 Charlize Theron attends Caruso's Palisades Village opening gala at Palisades Village on September 20, 2018.
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Charlize Theron

In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in early 2018, actress Charlize Theron admitted that she suffers from “really bad sleep.” She also revealed that she has tried edible marijuana to sleep better. Although Theron declared that marijuana helped her sleep, we need more clinical studies to confirm the full effect of marijuana on sleep with real certainty.

Singer Miley Cyrus visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 12, 2018.
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Miley Cyrus

In the October 2016 issue of Elle, Cyrus admitted that she can find it difficult to deal with being famous, primarily due to feelings of guilt. In the interview, Cyrus said that: “For a long time, I couldn't sleep because I just felt so guilty.” On a positive note, this led to her trying to do more through the Happy Hippy Foundation — a non-profit she founded to help homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.

Roseanne Barr attends the premiere of ABC's 'Roseanne' at Walt Disney Studio Lot on March 23, 2018
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Roseanne Barr

The actress and comedian blamed the sleeping pill Ambien for a racist tweet that led to the loss of her starring role in the ABC show “Roseanne” in the first half of 2018. Although sleeping pills can be a good treatment option for acute insomnia, they shouldn’t be taken long-term due to their potential side-effects.

Martin Reed
Meet Our Writer
Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.